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Reviewed December 30, 2017

Obviously here you find one of few murals preserved from the Mayas. If you undertake the trip to Yaxchilan, this will come with it. Take a guide and make him explain the murals before you go to see them. This will let you have a better experience.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jochen-v-S
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Reviewed November 5, 2017 via mobile

The charge a road toll of 30 pesos per person to get further 5km. After that they charge you 250pesos per Person to get into their Van. You are not allowed to drive there with your own car. The actual entrance fee is 65pesos per person. Such a rip off. Thanks for wasting my time.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank trasys
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Reviewed August 17, 2017

The pyramid is not large, but the fact that it is in the middle of the jungle makes it really special. It is one of the few pyramids that has paintings with color that are still visible.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Eduardo R
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Reviewed August 4, 2017

The Mayan city state of Bonampak is usually visited in conjunction with that of Yaxchilan, both a distance from Palenque where most travellers stay but close to one another. It is a small site compared to those of Yaxchilan and Palenque but interesting none the less.

Bonampak is most famous for the three rooms in the main temple in which the walls and ceilings are covered amazingly well preserved paintings. Each room has a different historical theme so it is a good idea to read up about them first or be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide to provide the explanations.

Aside from the ruins and paintings, I was surprised to find an old grass landing strip near the entrance to the site. In the 1950s and 60s, before a road was constructed through the jungle to allow Bonampak to be easily reached, the only access to the site was by hiring a small private aircraft which would land on this narrow runway carved out the forest.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Paul S
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

There is no other place like Bonampak. Anywhere. PERIOD. People can criticize the Lacandons, who manage the site, for taking advantage of tourists... but they miss the point of visiting the site... You should be able to endure anything to get here. Seeing the Murals live is a once a lifetime experience. They were discovered in 1946, and are the finest classical Mayan murals ever known. You can see reproductions, or photos but there is nothing like the real thing. Suggest to read as much as you can before you go about the meaning of each scene (room) so you can enjoy them more. A bit of history of the Mayan Ruler who commissioned the paintings helps.

Date of experience: June 2017
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